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Why Invest in a 401(k)? When I do a financial plan for a new client, part of what I analyze is investment structure. Typically, I see the grand majority of an individuals or families wealth in tax deferred accounts, such as 401(k)’s, 403(b)’s, or similar programs. This is very common because most companies will give […]
How To Build Up Your Credit Score I got asked recently how to build up your credit score, especially when it comes to a young adult trying to build credit. Your credit score is important because the higher it is, the lower risk you are to lenders, so lenders are willing to give you […]
Pay Extra on Your Mortgage or Not? This month I tackle a very common question that I receive from my clients. The question of paying down your mortgage by making extra principal payments or putting the extra money towards investing. The typical reason I hear from my clients about wanting to pay down their […]
Being a Wealth Manager means I sometimes get to field very interesting questions from my clients in regards to things they hear on the radio, see on TV, or are told about by other investment/insurance advisors. Many of the questions I get end up being simply people abusing the 1st Amendment rights to freedom […]
The Balance of Saving Versus Living This month’s blog will be personal as I’ve seen and heard so many stories being a financial advisor for 18 years regarding how to balance saving versus living. I’ve seen people that chose to “live life” and build up stuff like a nice house, a nice car, nice […]
Possible Impacts of Trump’s Tax Plan I have gotten several questions from my clients in regards to the possible impacts of Trump’s tax plan. All we have to go on right now is speculation, but I thought I would go through some of the better known highlights. Right now, the Senate has 54 Republicans, 44 […]
When it comes to the stock market, there can be long periods where stocks will be overpriced or underpriced. There are several metrics professionals use to determine if stocks are cheap or expensive. In this blog post, I am going to focus on two of those methods. The Shiller PE Ratio and what is known […]
Why “Average” Returns are Misleading I remember back when I started my career and I was taught to focus on explaining to clients the ‘long term average return” of the stock market. The idea was to get clients to think long term […]
Want to know what is the most impactful gift you can give your child? A Roth IRA when they are young! Before I get into specifics, let me give you a little background. I’ve been volunteering as a Junior Achievement teacher at Fort Collins High School for over a year now educating children on various […]
One of the most frequent topics during my client meetings for the past few years has been interest rates and how low they have been. I often get asked questions like, “How much longer will interest rates remain low?” and “Do you expect mortgage rates to rise?” There are many arguments for rising interest rates […]